Ko Wai Matou

Who We Are


Ngā Kete o te Wānanga
The Three Baskets of Knowledge

Tuauri Knowledge Wisdom contains the philosophy of love, peace, goodness
and studies of humanity

Tuatea Knowledge Understanding contains the knowledge of ritual, prayer, incantations, tradition including the history of the people, theology and psychology

Aronui Knowledge Preservation
contains the arts of war, agriculture, building, carving, artefacts, technology

Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand is committed to organizing, preserving and protecting materials which pertain to the origin, history, spirit and growth of the Congregation and those materials which reflect the ministries of the Sisters and apostolates administered by the Congregation. As such we are committed to maintaining an Archives Programme that is based on ‘best-practice’ archival principles and practice that will meet the objectives of the Congregation, supporting current and future records preservation and complying with its historical, social and cultural endeavours and responsibilities.

The Congregation Archives, situated in Wellington, New Zealand, is a permanent repository for records, in many formats, produced during the course of congregation business and daily activity which we retain for the life of the organisation for legal and regulatory purposes. It is also a rich source of information on the origin, history, spirit, charism and growth of Mercy in New Zealand since 1850 and in Samoa and Tonga.

Our archives are private but as they also are storehouse of information about the social development of New Zealand they may be accessed by appointment with the archivist. Access conditions are available on request.

Before publishing or quoting materials from the archives regardless of copyright status permission must be sought from the archivist: archives@mercy.org.nz

Catherine McAuley told us ‘The adage “never too old to learn” is a great comfort to me.’ Letter to Frances Warde September 27, 1839.